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About Scott Slawinski

While centered in the Colonial and early Federal periods, Scott Slawinski's teaching interests range through the nineteenth and early twentieth century. At Western he has taught African-American Literature, American Literature I, Studies in the Novel, and Studies in American Literature.
In addition to his Ph.D., Slawinski holds a B.A. from SUNY-Buffalo and an M.A. from the University of Alabama. He has focused his scholarship on gender and print culture in the early American republic. His book, Validating Bachelorhood: Audience, Patriarchy, and Charles Brockden Brown's Editorship of the Monthly Magazine and American Review (Routledge, 2005), explores how Brown used his position as author and editor to promote bachelorhood as a viable alternate form of masculinity in a culture that valorized matrimony and family life. Slawinski is editing the collected works of Sukey Vickery (Emily Hamilton and Other Writings, forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press) and, with Sharon M. Harris, the writings of Ann Eliza Bleecker and Margaretta V. Faugeres. He has received a grant from the Maine Women Writers Collection to begin his next book project, a biography of novelist Sally Wood and critical introduction to her fiction, tentatively titled Sally Wood: The Life and Works of Maine's First Gothic Novelist. Much to the dismay of his family, friends, and colleagues, Slawinski never misses an opportunity to promote early America as a field of study.


Present Associate Professor, Western Michigan University

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  • English 2230, Black American Literature: A survey of African-American literature from 1746 to the present.
  • English 3200, American Literature I: A survey of American literature from 1492 to the Civil War.
  • English 3210, America Literature II: A survey of American literature from the Civil War to the present.
  • English 3310, British Literature II: A survey of British literature from 1785 to the present.
  • English 3080, Quest for Self: An investigation into the quest for an ethical selfhood through such authors as Hawthorne, Thoreau, James, Wharton, Larsen, Crane, and the British Romantic poets.
  • English 4440, Studies in the Novel: Using the American novel as representative, this course surveyed the development of the novel from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to the Modernist period.
  • English 5220, Studies in American Literature: An examination of American literature from 1765 to 1800.
  • English 6220, Studies in American Literature: Beginning with pre-Columbian Native American oral traditions and ending with Hannah Webster Foster’s The Coquette, this graduate seminar offered an examination of American literature from its beginnings to the turn of the eighteenth century.

Ann Eliza Bleecker (3)

Charles Brockden Brown (5)

Sukey Vickery (3)

Sally Sayward Barrell Keating Wood (2)

Editions (1)

Articles and Biographical Entries (8)

Reviews (4)